Both The Wife and I are in job searches, hers is somewhat attenuated in that she's in two programs for re-training her for a new gig (she's wanting to be an "enrolled agent" doing tax work), but we're both kicking around the house using up supplies. I have stacks and stacks of print-outs of jobs that I've applied for, etc. and she's got class work, etc. printed out. We go through a fairly substantial amount of paper in the process.
Now, I used to buy supplies for various companies that I was involved in and I have the "mental price point" on a ream of basic multi-function paper as being around $2.50 to $3.00 (the $27.95/case rate). So, when I see a $6.99 or $8.99 ream in the store, I get agitated. Happily, Staples has been having periodic sales of one-ream buys, which tend to mesh well with our usage.
Recently they had $8.79 reams of 50% recycled multi-purpose paper on sale for $5.99 with an "easy rebate" of $3.99 and a limit of two. This means that we got $19.38 "worth" of paper for $5.23 (the end price plus the tax on the pre-rebate purchase), or $2.62 a ream ... right in my "what it ought to cost" zone.
It's sort of sad how "accomplished" it makes me feel to knock down a deal like this, but saving $14.15 buys The Girls a lunch or something. Needless to say, I really hope to get back into a decent paying gig where this sort of stuff can "fade off to the background" and not require the mental focus that it's had to have had of late!